£100k investment at Fletcher Moorland will help firm expand into new areas

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Industrial parts repair business Fletcher Moorland has invested almost £100,000 into a new machine which will help the company to diversify into new areas.

The Stoke-based business, which was founded in 1946, specialises in sub-contract electric motor repairs for customers in some of the UK’s most critical industries including manufacturing, power generation, transportation and healthcare.

Now Fletcher Moorland – which has continued to operate throughout the coronavirus crisis – has purchased a vertical machining centre, called a Fanuc Robodrill, to allow it to produce more complex machine components and meet customer demand.

The new investment has also led to the creation of two new skilled CNC programmers joining the Elenora Street business.

Managing director Matt Fletcher said: “We purchased the Robodrill from Fanuc because we had requests from customers to make parts; certain bits that they couldn’t get made or which were on long deliveries.

“We’ve got traditional machining centres here so it would have taken us too long to do that, or we would have had to sub-contract out the work, so we made the decision to bring this in-house.

“The Fanuc Robodrill is ideal for what we want, we can make parts for customers pretty quickly and get them out to them.

“It is our first investment in a machining centre and I’d like others to follow as the business grows.”

Matt added: “This adds a new service to our business as we are now able to produce more complex machine components that we were not able to do on the more traditional machines we have here.

“We’ve made parts for painting robots in the automotive industry, clamping assemblies in the preformed concrete industry and we’ve made parts in stainless steel for food manufacturing companies. We are able to produce parts in the UK quicker and more cost-effectively than our customers sourcing from overseas.

“This is a new business area for us which will compliment our repair services.”

Matthew Chidlow has been brought into Fletcher Moorland to specifically run the piece of equipment.

He said: “The Robodrill is an amazing machine, it allows you to increase your productivity time and produce more parts more efficiently.”

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